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F1 defers decision on new qualifying system

A meeting of Formula One organizers and teams on Sunday failed to decide on a new qualifying system for the sport, with a further meeting scheduled for Thursday to discuss a proposed new format

F1 defers decision on new qualifying system

SAKHIR, Bahrain (AP) -- A meeting of Formula One organizers and teams on Sunday failed to decide on a new qualifying system for the sport, with a further meeting scheduled for Thursday to discuss a proposed new format.

The current rolling-elimination format used in Australia and Bahrain had been heavily criticized due to fan confusion and lack of on-track action, but so far the teams had not come up with the requisite unanimous agreement to change the rules.

The teams lobbied in Sunday's meeting for a return to the old qualifying format of recent years, but the sport's governing body, the FIA, and the commercial chief Bernie Ecclestone would not agree to that.

A confidential new format of qualifying was proposed by the FIA, which will be the subject of Thursday's meeting.


Updated : 2021-02-28 22:04 GMT+08:00